Stephen   Metz
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Contact

Phone: 240.507.1723
Fax: 240.507.1735
Mailing: 4800 Montgomery Lane ,
9th Floor , Bethesda , MD   20814

PRACTICE FOCUS

In 20 years of practicing law, Stephen Metz has garnered a reputation for being a tremendous advocate for his clients.  While typically meeting clients and opposing counsel under less-than-favorable conditions, Steve applies his signature techniques to each situation: he is fair-minded, a good listener and a straight shooter, providing his best advice and legal tactics in a calm but decisive manner.  In addition to earning the respect and appreciation of those he represents, Steve has been referred to by his legal colleagues as one of the best bankruptcy attorneys in Maryland.

Steve concentrates his practice in litigation involving bankruptcy, creditors' rights, title disputes and real estate.  He frequently represents debtors, creditors, and other parties in bankruptcy cases in various industries, including telecommunications, retail, financial services, real estate, insurance and consumer credit.  He also regularly represents owners, lenders and other parties in real estate disputes, including matters involving lien priority, easements, equitable subrogation, reformation of deeds and deeds of trust, conflicts between neighbors, real estate contracts and other title-related actions in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • On behalf of secured creditor, won contested chapter 11 confirmation hearing involving competing plans in case involving real estate
  • Successful representation of landlords in large retail bankruptcy cases
  • Represented landlord in recovery of $2.3 million lease rejection claim distribution
  • Managed and brought to successful resolution preference actions and claims objections on behalf of debtors in several retail cases
  • Representation of disbursing agent in confirmed chapter 11 plan in a trucking case
  • Won motion to dismiss in fraudulent conveyance action filed by bankruptcy trustee
  • Won dischargeability and other matters in bankruptcy cases concerning domestic relations issues
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of secured lender in lien priority dispute with judgment lien creditor asserting a senior lien interest
  • Won appeal on behalf of owners against neighbor seeking to impose an easement on owners’ property

AWARDS

  • Maryland Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
  • Maryland Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2010-2012

Education & Admissions

  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1997, J.D., Honors: Cum Laude
  • University of Maryland, 1994, B.S.
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Activities

  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of the District of Maryland; Chair of Local Rules Committee, 2007; Greenbelt Chapter Chair, 2007-2008; Assistant Secretary, 2008-2009; Secretary, 2009-2010; Assistant Treasurer, 2010-2011; Assistant Secretary, 2012-2013; Secretary, 2013-2014; President-Elect, 2014-2015; President, 2015-2016
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, MD, Member
  • Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member
  • Walter B. Chandler American Inn of Court
  • Simon E Sobeloff Law Society, Member
  • Identity, Inc., Board of Directors
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